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The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development is the city’s international prize that recognizes and supports work towards sustainable development. The first winner was awarded in 2000. The award is 1 million Swedish krona (SEK) and it highlights the possibilities and measures needed for a brighter future.

Pictures from the Award Ceremony

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Award Ceremony for the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development on November 22, 2017.
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Chilean architect wins Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development of SEK 1 million

Architect Alejandro Aravena has won the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development of SEK 1 million. “Aravena is an innovative Chilean architect who, along with his colleagues in the ‘Do Tank’ firm Elemental, applies a design philosophy based on making inhabitants part of the solution instead of regarding them as a problem – building bridges of trust between people, companies and governments.”

This is part of the jury statement regarding the winner of the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development. Alejandro Aravena, 49, is based in Santiago, Chile and is noted for his work in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. Elemental is an operational think tank that works to develop strategies and produce good-value housing for economically disadvantaged groups. They operate similarly to a traditional think tank, but they also implement ideas and visions and work to combat segregation, for instance through socially and environmentally sustainable production of economical new housing. Their concept includes providing home buyers with information that enables them to build part of the house themselves. This allows more people to build houses in areas where they would otherwise not have been able to afford to live.

In 2016, Aravena won the Pritzker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious architectural awards. In the same year, he was invited to be Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. He will receive the Award on 22 November at Draken, Folkets Hus in Gothenburg. His colleagues from Elemental will also attend the award ceremony. Seminars and lectures will be organised during the award winner’s visit.

The complete motivation from the jury and more information about Mr Aravena and Elemental can be read here.

ABOUT THE GOTHENBURG AWARD:

”For outstanding contributions towards a more sustainable future.”

The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development is given each year to people or organisations for outstanding performance and achievements towards a sustainable future. The price is 1 million swedish krona (SEK) and shows what is possible and necessary for a brighter future.

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Partners

The prize, which is one million Swedish crowns, is administrated and funded by a coalition of the City of Göteborg, Västra Götalandsregionen and nine companies.

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